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Let there be open debate

With typical bombast, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford confirmed yesterday he would be running for re-election, with his brother Doug managing the campaign, under the slogan “Ford More Years.”

We think Toronto could have done with Ford Fewer Years, but we’ll let the citizens of that fair city make their own decision.

We’ve got a mayoral election coming up here in Brandon soon, too. This Oct. 22, in fact.

Those 10 months will go faster than you think — and they’ll go even faster once we have some declared candidates.

Contrary to the last municipal election, when then-challenger Shari Decter Hirst declared a full year ahead of time, there have been only a few murmurings of who might take a shot at the ballot box this time around.

Now that we are through the holidays and into 2014, we hope that some people begin weighing their options and coming forward with their intentions. The whispers around who will and who won’t are getting louder, and we are eager to do more than pencil in some possibilities.

Although no one can officially register as a candidate until spring, most successful politicians know it’s best to have a team in place long before then, as well as plenty of visibility among voters.

Now, this page has a long-standing policy of not endorsing any particular candidate.

However, we do believe Brandon is best-served when there is open and vigorous debate between and among multiple candidates, for as long a period as practicable.

The race awaits. Get running.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 3, 2014

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With typical bombast, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford confirmed yesterday he would be running for re-election, with his brother Doug managing the campaign, under the slogan “Ford More Years.”

We think Toronto could have done with Ford Fewer Years, but we’ll let the citizens of that fair city make their own decision.

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With typical bombast, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford confirmed yesterday he would be running for re-election, with his brother Doug managing the campaign, under the slogan “Ford More Years.”

We think Toronto could have done with Ford Fewer Years, but we’ll let the citizens of that fair city make their own decision.

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